Sequoia Cabins

Sierra Cabins near Sequoia Groves

Sequoia trees naturally grow in the Sierra Nevada mountains, on the west side of the range. Several parks & forests make up what is known as “the Sequoias” – in the Southern Sierra, Sequoia National Forest; Giant Sequoia National Monument; Mountain Home State Forest; Central Sierra is home to Sequoia National Park & neighboring Kings Canyon NP; Sierra National Forest & Yosemite NP. Yep, all those areas have Sequoia groves!

See all the Sequoia & Redwood Groves in California!

California Cabin Rentals near to Sequoia groves –

Sequoia cabin rentals

TOPO MAPS of California Redwoods –

  • Sequoia Maps by NatGeo
  • Yosemite NP Maps
  • NorCal Redwoods Map
  • If you are searching for tallest species, the Coastal Redwoods located on the shores of Northern California, then you can find them over here – NorCal Redwoods

    California Covered Bridge

    Covered Bridges of California

    Oregon City Bridge

    Oregon City Bridge, off Cherokee Road, North Oroville, CA

    Overland pioneers and miners flooded the Sierra Nevada after 1848, when gold was discovered, transforming the landscape and native life of California – in horrendous ways. Many early bridges made of wood have disappeared. Historic places, such as these few wooden bridges of the West, need to be protected and preserved.

    Felton Covered Bridge
    Santa Cruz Mountains & Redwoods
    Railway Train Rides
    Felton, CA

    Bridgeport Covered Bridge
    (built in 1862)
    South Fork of the Yuba River
    Northern Gold Country Hwy 49
    Nevada City & Downieville, CA

    Honey Run Bridge
    on Butte Creek @ Skyway
    Historic Landmark from 1894
    in between
    Chico & Paradise, CA

    Knights Ferry Bridge SHPState Park
    State Historic Park
    on Sacramento River
    North of Sacramento, CA

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    Oregon City Bridge
    Oregon Gulch, Lake Oroville
    via Table Mountain @ Cherokee Rd
    North of Oroville CA

    Oregon Covered Bridge
    Middle Fork of the Yuba River
    Northern Gold Country Hwy 49
    in between
    Nevada City & Downieville, CA

    Woodson Bridge SRAState Park
    State Recreation Area

    Woodson Bridge Campground Campgrounds
    on Sacramento River, in betweenRV camping
    Chico & Corning, CA

    CAMPGROUND RESERVATIONS

    Honey Run Bridge
    HoneyRun Bridge of Butte County, California

    Volcanic Buttes of Chico

    Volcanic Buttes of Chico California

    Best View Camp Sites

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    Great Overlooks for Camping

    Best View Camp Site in California 

    Overlook Camps, View Spot Camp Sites

    This list is comprised of primitive camp sites and developed campgrounds with views overlooking a large area (valley, town, canyon, desert, river, ocean). Many ideal spots may require dirt road driving, and a few might need a 4-wheel drive vehicle to reach.

    Prewitt Ridge, Big Sur Coast

    This is by far the best, free coastal camping on the Central Coastline of Big Sur. Dirt roads traverse 10 miles out to vacant ridges overlooking the Pacific, with steep hills down to the highway. Camp above the fog layer and above the crowds. Explore the beaches during the day, and camp above the traffic & crowds at night.

    Dry brush is abundant on the mountains of Los Padres National Forest. Camp fire restrictions should be of utmost concern in this area, since wildfires burn here often. Camp fire permits are required for camping on the back roads, and much of the time camp fires are banned in this region. Call ahead to the rangers to find out the current conditions.

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    Julia Pfieffer Burns State Park
    Big Sur Coastline

    Two prime walk-in camp sites, on a shady point, high above a beach cove w/ scenic waterfall. Called “environmental camps” these highly desirable spots need advanced reservations w/ fees many months in advance. Tables, fire rings and a vault toilet. Bare bones basics, but the ideal location is worth it. A forested cliff on the edge of the ocean, high above a secluded cove. This location a can get windy if a storm moves in (generally October – March).

    Los Padres National Forest

    Kirk Creek Campground
    on Highway 1 @ Nacimiento Rd
    Big Sur CA

    Willow Creek Road # 23S01
    primitive camping on dirt road, above Hwy 1 @ Gorda, CA

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    Reyes Peak Camping
    North of Ojai, CA
    Pine Mountain Summit, CA Hwy 33

    Off Cerro Noroeste Road, W of Pine Mountain, CA

    Above Santa Maria, Highway 166
    West of New Cuyama, CA

    • Miranda Pines Campground @ 4100′ elev
      Located well off hwy. on Road #32S13

    San Bernardino National Forest
    Toro Peak Campground

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    Angeles National Forest

    Fire Safe Spot

    San Bernardino National Forest

    I-8 East of San Diego, CA

    • Larkin Campground
      McCain Valley BLM OHV
    • Mar Tar Awa above Viejas Casino
    • Sweetwater Summit Co Park San Diego

    I-5 North of San Diego, CA

    S-22  East San Diego County

    Montezuma Grade, overlooking Borrego Springs & Anza Borrego Desert

    • Culp Valley – boulders, primitive camps on dirt roads; better views off-road. No tables, no signs. Small campground at the highway is easy to find.

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    I-40 Mojave Desert

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    US Hwy 395 & surrounding areas

    inside Death Valley National Park

    • Mahogany Flat Campground steep dirt road access. Trailhead for tallest peak in the park, Telescope Peak (11,049′ elev)
    • Tucki Mine, 4×4 route. Unmarked dirt road inside Emigrant Canyon, off Wildrose Road.

    inside Inyo National Forest

    • Coyote Flat @ Pinyon Boulders – 4×4 required, one primitive camp w/ great views overlooking the Owens Valley & peaks to the east.
    • Onion Valley Campground – High Sierra @ 9200′ elevation. Trailhead to Kearsarge Pass. W of Independence, CA

    4x4 Camps

    Western Sierra Nevada Mts
    Sierra National Forest

      • White Bark Trailhead @ Kaiser Pass,
        primitive camp site, pictured above. 4WD required @ Dusy Ershim Trail (OHV route). NE of Huntington Lake, CA

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    NFSsee also – NFS Fire Lookouts & Rental Cabins
    many of which have excellent views of the wilderness areas; a hike or climb may be necessary

    Colorado River Camping
    Multiple riverside RV havens near Parker, AZ

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    California Fire Lookout

    Dome Land from Bald Mtn, KERN

    NFS Fire Lookout Towers

    Cabin Rentals in California National Forests

    Ready to see wide and wild terrain? Views for 100 miles out and the best scenery California has to offer. Be prepared to off road or hike to reach one of these destinations.

    Below is a list of historic look out towers & cabins used for spotting wildfires. Some are located on steep granite peaks, ridge lines or dirt roads. 4×4 may be recommended to reach a few. Road conditions can change w/ harsh mountain weather, so be prepared to rough it. Thunderstorms are common on these mountain ridges.

    Several of these places are cabins, some are stone houses, but most fire lookouts are basic metal towers – with high climbing staircases, so you must be in decent physical strength to haul your ass up this high.

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    Cabins are also called guard stations, huts, bunkhouses. Most are located on mountain tops, but a few exist in desert regions. Some are refurbished & available for overnight rentals. Bare bones furnishings, so forget the frills. People come up here for the thrills. To be outside w/ epic views, way away from the urban grind & to feel on top-of-the-world.

    Coon Creek Cabin

     

    NFSlogoSee the full list of overnight accommodations on mountain peaks & ridges, some near meadowsNational Forest Cabin Rentals

     

    El Dorado National Forest:

    Cuyama Peak

    Cuyama Lookout is a rough road up. Off Hwy 33, in Los Padres NF

    Los Padres National Forest:

    • Cuyama Peak Lookout Tower (pictured above) off Hwy 166 & via Santa Barbara Cyn, 4×4 recommended. Sorta near jct w/ Hwy 33

    San Bernardino National Forest:

    Sequoia National Forest:

    Sierra National Forest:

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    BEWARE:
    California is the land of wildfires!

    Always check for local fire conditions at nearest ranger station, obtain a free campfire permit when camping outside of developed campgrounds, and always practice fire safety when visiting our public lands. You can be held liable for wildfires. Outta control campfire, cigarettes, idling vehicles on tall, dry grass. Be very cautious with fires on the often dry, west coast.

    Central Valley CA

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    Happy Valley Cow

    The Great Central Valley of California – the San Joaquin Valley (on the south side) & the Sacramento Valley (on the north) together make up some of the most fertile farmland on the whole West Coast. Agriculture thrives, water flows & smog settles.

    This huge valley, bordered by the Pacific Ocean on the west & the Sierra Nevada mountain range on the east side, is the one of the biggest farm land regions of the U.S. The food that feeds the world is grown right here in the Center of California. Vegetables, rice, fruits, citrus, garlic, onions, nuts, you name it.

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    Central Valley residents can easily enjoy fresh produce year round. Centrally located they can access the neighboring Central Coast, Historic Gold Country, and the Sierra Nevada mountains, plus The City (San Francisco) is not too far away either.

    Since the capital city of Sacto has a port of entry, the California Delta & surrounding waterways, make for excellent fishing, boating & camping.

    Unfortunately this low lying area is one of the worse smog basins on the west coast. The upper & lower Central Valley see the worst of it, as wind pushes the emissions right up against the mountains. Triple digit temperatures are common throughout the summer months. The super heat just magnifies the poor quality of air.

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    California Country – CA Countryside Communities

    California Central Valley Map

    Counties, Cities & Towns of the San Joaquin Valley:
    (south to north)

    Kern County
    Tulare County
    Kings County
    Madera County
    Fresno County
    Merced County
    Stanislaus County
    San Joaquin County
    Solano County
    Sacramento County
    Yuba County
    Sutter County
    Yolo County
    Colusa County
    Glenn County
    Butte County
    Tehama County
    Shasta County

    Reservoirs

    CAMPGROUND RESERVATIONS

    blue links lead to camp reservation services. camp RV Camping

    Central Valley Parks & points of interest:

    Henry W Coe State Park
    George J. Hatfield State Recreation Area
    Carnegia SVRA
    Dos Reis County Park, San Joaquin River
    San Juan Bautista State Historical Park
    Hollister Hills OHV Park
    Pinnacles National Monument
    Hernandez Reservoir
    Los Banos Creek Reservoir
    Caswell Memorial State Park
    Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park
    Chowchilla Recreation Area
    , Eastman Lake
    Codorniz Campground, Eastman Lake
    Kern National Wildlife Reserve
    Kesterson National Wildlife Reserve
    San Luis National Wildlife Reserve
    Merced National Wildlife Reserve
    Modesto Reservoir Regional Park
    Honey Run Covered Bridge
    Oroville Wildlife Area
    Spenceville Wildlife Management & Recreation Area
    Lake Oroville State Recreation Area
    Mount Diablo State Park
    Auburn State Recreation Area
    Sherman Island Waterfowl Management Area
    Grizzly Island Waterfowl Management Area
    Cache Creek
    Sutter National Wildlife Reserve
    Gray Lodge Wildlife Area
    Colusa Sacramento River State Recreation Area
    Colusa National Wildlife Reserve
    Delevan National Wildlife Reserve
    Sacramento National Wildlife Reserve
    Mill Creek Wilderness
    Ishi Wilderness
    Tehama State Wildlife Area
    Red Bluff Recreation Area
    Shasta-Trinity NRA
    Whiskeytown Reservoir NRA

    California Central Valley Lakes & Reservoirs

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    for more lakes in California, check the LAKES LIST